Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I now have a High Schooler!!!! ACK!


Oh dear.... Yesterday I learned just how old I am. My oldest is going to be in HIGH SCHOOL next year. Say what? She was just 6, right? Well she turned 14 this year. Holy cow!

Yesterday was her 8th Grade Promotion. They had a very nice ceremony. The kids wore their class t-shirts and jeans. They entered kind of like you would at graduation. There was a slide show of baby photos and then recent photos of them. Then the band, orchestra, and choir performed. Finally they got certificates and well wishes on to the next phase of their school career.

It kind of freaked me out when I realized that she's the class of 2021. That just so happens to be exactly 20 years after we graduated (hubby and me). We were class of 2001. I was 19 the year Tbug was born. I was 17 when I graduated. That means I'll be 37 when she graduates. HOLY CRAP! I think I'm getting old. Or she is. Or we all are. I can't believe she'll be in high school next year.

Don't mind me while I sit over here in the corner and cry my eyes out.

So this year, one of the milestones in her life that I know of was she had her first boyfriend. Her mom asked her what that meant because they never hung out, they just talked at school, on the phone, and via text, but still... remember those first crushes and those first boyfriends.

He broke up with her recently because they, "had nothing in common." I guess she went home and cried her eyes out for 2 hours and decided it wasn't worth it and she wasn't going to date anyone for a long time. Unfortunately the 3 times of the year that relationships in school end are Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Summer Vacation so I kind of anticipated it happening but hoped for the better. Sadly it came true. Although that might make her daddy a little happier.

She goes to a fairly small school so I hope she doesn't settle. I keep telling her don't settle and don't let boys get in the way of your future. She wants to go to vet school so she has a lot of years ahead of her. I just keep telling her not to let those dumb boys get in the way of her future.

Anyway, now I have a freshman on my hands. I think I'm seriously going to go curl up in a ball and cry a bit. I should have said bawl a bit... haha.

Tbug,
Your dad and I are so proud of you. Here's to a great 4 years of high school. Make the most of it! The rest will follow! You'll do great and we'll be here every step of the way. I'm also good at proofreading/writing English papers. Keep that in mind :). haha



Monday, May 22, 2017

Quilt Block 19 & 20

The last I tried sewing I swear everything went wrong from losing material to fighting grandma's sewing machine. I was so frustrated beyond belief I almost couldn't see straight. But I've been away from working on this quilt for 2 weeks now (vacation!!) so I came back with a better attitude.

Before we left Abug and I were at Walmart and she picked out the fabric that was used in Quilt Block 19. I left the material with grandma when we left and she had all the pieces cut out for us by the time we got there yesterday.

She also had her sewing machine fixed so things were looking up... until we misplaced one of the 4"solid pink squares and didn't have any material of the solid pink to fix the mistake. Luckily we didn't give up and we found what we were looking for. Whew! My only other problem is I forgot where I was supposed to gage my 1/4" seam and made a few of my seams 1/2". Dang it!

But this is Quilt block 19 and it turned out without many problems. You can't tell from this photo but it's an oversized quilt block. So I present Quilt Block 19. I'm quite proud of it :). There are a few mistakes in it though. Oh well....

I forgot to bring a new photo of where all the blocks go so I had to use 1 Bar of LTE/3G (bounces back and forth in grandma's rock house) to get a picture of where all the blocks go.

And here is Quilt Block 19. I swear I need to put this on a big open floor, except I don't have anywhere to do that just yet so they just stay on the bed and fall off. Grandma cut out a few pieces to take out the orange/blue block so bad but I'm not crazy about those. I really want to just change up that whole block.

So I mentioned above we were on vacation... we went to Cozumel for 10 days. Abug was able to go with us this year!! So I decided it would be fun to get some material from Cozumel to incorporate into her quilt. In this particular block, the flowers came from Cozumel. We were only able to do one piece of the material we bought for the quilt in this particular block. I'm so excited to incorporate this material into the quilt!

I now present you Quilt Block 20. I really like it!! As with most of my quilt blocks, there are a few flaws. Hopefully it won't show up too bad after it's all sewn together.

And here it is placed in its place on the quilt top.

We won't be able to sew for a couple weeks because next week Monday is Memorial Day and Grandma has knee surgery tomorrow so we decided to take a week off (again). I'm so excited to see this finished. You have no idea!! We're getting close. There are only 24 blocks and this finished up through 20. I can't wait to see what this will look like all together. I think Quilt Block 22 (don't quote me on that) will incorporate Anna/Elsa into the quilt. Yes, this quilt has NO Theme, other than what moves me week to week I guess.

Please say a little prayer for my grandma's surgery tomorrow that all goes well!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pedicures


We picked my mom up from the airport yesterday. She was in Hawaii for 2 weeks or so for work. When she got off the plane she had on flip flops and Abug saw grandma's toenails. She said, Pretty! and then insisted that she get her toenails like grandma's. We decided to go ahead and get pedicures and my mom needed to get her nails filled (she has fake nails).

When we got there mom got in for her fill and Abug and I went over to the pedicure station. They wouldn't give Abug a pedicure sadly. Then she started throwing a fit that she didn't want her toenails painted, she wanted her fingernails painted like grandma's. After we got her toenails painted, she did everything in her power to scrape the nail polish off. Grrrrr! Needless to say I don't think she'll be getting her nails professionally painted for a while. Boy that fit she threw was something else.... sigh!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Quilt Block 17 & 18

Today was Monday. Typically I LOVE Monday's because that means that Abug and I get to go and hang out with grandma, but for some reason today was different. I guess I knew it was a Monday. I struggled. I was grouchy and grumpy and everything else. I'm sorry I grumbled! Gosh.

So Grandma kept Abug entertained by making her a new "purse" even though she brought one with her.

As you can see Abug loves her great grandma and I see the feeling is mutual!

So to add to my frustration (wonder if I should have started that with sew... haha) grandma's sewing machine quit working. It already had quirks but something happened and it died. So we had to use the old Singer. When I got there Grandma said I'd love this sewing machine. I anything but loved it. I spent more time trying to make it work for me or fixing my mistakes because I wasn't paying attention than I did sewing.

This machine kept losing the top string. It kept getting the top string stuck in the bottom. I just was not having luck in my favor. A block that should have taken maybe an hour took me like 2 1/2 hours. I was already frustrated and add to that and it just wasn't a good/fun Monday. I'm so happy I was able to go and spend time with Grandma. I was happy that Abug can spend time with Grandma. Nothing makes me happier and that outweighs the frustrating Monday I experienced by far!

Grandma picked out these block colorings. After Quilt block 9 and the fact there is sooooo much orange polka dot, we had to try and incorporate some of that in. I think we may modify quilt block 9, we discussed how today, but there will still be orange polka dot so this helps incorporate that into the rest of the quilt.

And here we go, another laid out picture. I know I say this every week, but I really do need to lay it out on a floor!


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